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This year, the Library Foundation is proud to welcome Safeco as a Summer Reading sponsor at the
Platinum Level ($10,000). Safeco will expand the reach of the Summer Explorer program (a library on wheels!) to at-risk neighborhoods – ensuring children who cannot visit a library can participate in the Summer Reading program.
The eight Gold Level sponsors are Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Tacoma, Pediatrics Northwest PS, Wells Fargo, Macy’s, Simpson, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) and Umpqua Bank.
Five silver level sponsors are D.V. and Ida McEachern Foundation, Dwyer, Pemberton& Coulson, P.C., Thompson Family Foundation, Union Bank and Wayne’s Roofing/WGW Development. Seven bronze level sponsors also join with the library this year to make Summer Reading and youth programs the best they can be.
If your business is interested in supporting the Summer Reading program, please contact Julie Kramer at 253-548-3458 or email@example.com.
Research supports the incredible value of open-ended block play where children gain understanding of shape, size, measurement, balance, weight, stability and gravity. Through trial and error, they discover pattern, mapping and the value of planning. When children build together (or with an interested adult) they learn cooperation, patience, a respect for the contribution of others as well as storytelling (think of children building a town together and then creating the life of that town).
Pierce County Library’s block play engages children attending local ECEAPs and Head Start classes in a fun and educational program that introduces early STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts. STEM development in early learning has been identified as a significant focus area for children of all ages.
Block play has been shown to be effective in increasing early childhood language. Children interact with each other and with caregivers through free play using blocks.
Block play also increases literacy skills of at-risk children. Each block play “party” starts with s story time and as part of philanthropic funding, children take home free books and a block set for their home. Parents are also introduced to block play during two parent nights at the beginning and end of each five month program.
“Discuren” in Old English means “discover.” The Discuren Charitable Foundation’s goal is to work with those who help children discover their place in the world and help them develop the tools they need to carve out their niche. Thank you Discuren Charitable Foundation for making a difference in children’s lives!
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Safeco, more children will benefit from the Library’s Summer Explorer program. For children in low-income neighborhoods, access to library services and resources is essential for success in school and life. However, many children are not able to visit a library. Therefore, the library must go “on the road.”
The library’s outreach program, On the Road with Summer Reading, brings the library to at-risk children in low-income neighborhoods.
Using the Explorer bookmobile (a library on wheels!) children can participate in the popular Summer Reading program, enjoy story times, use the computer(s) inside the bookmobile and check out books they’ll love to read.
When children read during the summer, they are much less likely to fall back in school. In fact, the rich/poor reading gap by 12th grade is four years (!) and 80% of the rich/poor achievement gap comes from summer setback.
Safeco funding will make it possible to reach more low-income neighborhoods this summer. Last summer, eight low-income neighborhoods were served: Coventry Court and Drake Apartments in Tacoma, Daffodil Valley Elementary in Sumner, Christensen Elementary in Tacoma, Thompson Elementary in Spanaway, Spanaway Lutheran Daycare, Springbrook Park and Amber Court Apartments in Lakewood.
Thank you for choosing to make the Pierce County Library Foundation one of your giving priorities this year. Annual gifts from individuals like you help to close the funding gap of some of the newest, most needed and popular literacy and outreach programs. Last year, annual donations funded children’s programs including early learning, senior outreach to adult care facilities, Pierce County READS and helped to fortify the library’s collection of books, movies and magazines. Thanks to all our annual giving donors – you helped to make it happen!
Learn more about this year’s funding priorities.
Dr. Mary Ann Woodruff, University Place pediatrician and Pierce County Library Foundation board member, has been selected by First 5 FUNdamentals as one of five Early Learning Champions.
Dr. Woodruff has been instrumental in launching and growing Reach Out and Read in Pierce County and across the state of Washington with co-founder Dr. Jill Sells.
During Dr. Woodruff’s tenure on the Library Foundation board of directors, Pierce County Library has developed early learning literary spaces in libraries with wall-mounted interactives, book displays and AWE early learning computers. The Foundation awarded startup funding for Project Blocks, in partnership with local ECEAP, now in all 18 Pierce County Library locations.
First 5 FUNdamentals is a coalition of local Pierce County early learning leaders. Its vision is that all Pierce County children start school ready to succeed!
The Pierce County Library Foundation’s Julie Kramer, along with Joy Kim, Branch Manager and Holly Smith, Youth Services Librarian, were honored recently to accept a check from the Gig Harbor Garden Tour Association to directly benefit youth that visit Gig Harbor and Key Center Libraries.
This generous $12,200 grant will fund a second AWE early learning computer station at Gig Harbor Library (to supplement the single, very popular station), iPads and Apple connectors to provide digital story times at Key Center and Gig Harbor Libraries, and fun and educational interactives at both locations. The Libraries hope to have all of the items in place by May of 2014.
The mission of the Gig Harbor Garden Tour Association is “To promote literacy by supporting educational programs for children and adults in the greater Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula area.” The Gig Harbor Garden Tour Association funds programs they believe will have significant impact on improving literacy. This new partnership with Pierce County Libraries is certain to do just that and have a positive impact on thousands of Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula children and families for many years to come.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this year’s Gig Harbor Garden Tour – A Tour for Literacy, June 28-29, 2014. For more information visit http://www.gigharborgardentour.org/
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